Hop Henge Experimental IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Reviews: 823
Hads: 2,356
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.8%
Wants: 234
Gots: 257 | FT: 1
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SurlyDuff on 01-21-2009

This is their new version of Hop Henge Imperial IPA, the hops have been modified as of 1/2009.

Available: January to April
Alc. by Vol.: 8.5 - 9.0% range
IBUs: 95
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Photo of utfiero
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color- cloudy gold. Huge head.

Aroma- lemons, grapefruit, and hints of grass and honey.

Taste- starts hoppy and clean, then gets a little heavy and sweet in the middle, finishing on notes of bitter greens and grapefruit rind with a lingering and long dry aftertaste. Purchased at Costco for $3.99. Drink by date 7/15/14. Tasted on 7/15/14.

Poured from 650 ml bomber into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). (450 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy golden color with 2 finger width foamy head. Head retention is decent. There is a good amount of lacing on the side of the glass. The aroma really isn't that strong. Most of what I can make out is apple. On tasting, there is a slight malty taste, quickly followed by a hoppy explosion. I can taste a hint of apple at the end. Kind of a bitter, soapy aftertaste. The taste is good, but there is something a little off, and it may be the soapiness at the end. I will say that I drank this a little over a month after the date on the bottle, so my review may have been different if I drank it earlier. (609 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 7/15/2014. Pours light hazy/cloudy bright orange color with a 2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, orange peel, lemon zest, pineapple, mango, peach, papaya, apricot, light caramel, bread, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with great complexity and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of tangerine, orange peel, lemon zest, pineapple, peach, apricot, mango, papaya, light caramel, bread, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, orange peel, lemon zest, pineapple, peach, apricot, mango, light caramel, bread, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent DIPA. All around great complexity and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering. (1,529 characters)

Photo of Louisville-Beer-Reviews
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Slightly hazy, golden orange, with a thick, fine head. Sheets of lacing down the glass.

Aroma: Tropical fruit aromas of mango and papaya, and also some stone fruit aroma of apricot and peach.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Flavor on the tongue is that of sweet, slightly fruity, herbal, green hops and it finishes just the same, with the the character of the hops leaning towards the green and herbal flavors. Malt flavors aren’t really present/noticeable here, as the hop flavors cover them up almost completely, and they mostly add a bit of a sweet backbone to the entire profile. The character of the hops is still quite enjoyable and unique, as it tastes like a raw, fresh hop and isn’t actually as potently bitter or dry as most IPAs.

Final Word: Definitely a beer for hop lovers only, though the character of the hops used is unique enough to warrant at least a taste by any beer drinker, as it’s far from offensive. Though not as well balanced as it should be, it’s a far cry from your kick-in-the-teeth bitter IPAs out there. Try it if you love hops and are looking for something new, but don’t bother if you are still getting used to/learning to appreciate hops. (1,186 characters)

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.71/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My first review using my new Spiegelau IPA Glass.

This one pours a nice cloudy golden color that has a nice fluffy white head that is long lived and leaves thick structured lacing down the glass.

The nose is nice and rich with sweet malts, grass, pine, rain, citrus, vanilla with a floral bouquet.

The taste is rich as well with a great hop dominance that presents in many different levels. There is a buttery bitterness up front with a sweet spike in the middle that falls to a dry bitter finish with notes of camphor, rosemary, lavender, apples and grapefruit.

The mouthfeel is equally rich and perfectly balanced for this experimental brew.

Overall this is an exceptionally drinkable beer and I highly recommend it. (723 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazed golden peach color with a white head. Hoppy aroma of citrus, fruit snack and herb. In the taste, citrus, orange, kiwi and a hit of alcohol. Even bitterness and a solid hop flavor. Very drinkable and smooth but its strong assed shit.
Overall, a very good imperial ipa. (281 characters)

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beet pours a warm orange color and very hazy. Great head that is strong and turns into lovely lacing.

Aroma is intense, packed with hops, so.much so it is hard to pick out any notes.

Bitter at the first sip and right to the end. Finish is bright and fruity with a bit of pine right at the end.

Medium body and sticky mouth feel.

Overall am ok IPA, it is too harsh in the finish to really be enjoyable for anyone but am extreme hop head. The hops in the beer are different than what I have had before which is nice. (518 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Glad to see reviews say this is still drinking amazing. Snagged a bomber for $7.99 at the RT 8 Giant Eagle.

A - Digging that unfiltered hazy amber no t so much with the clumps of yeast but I will live. Color is a deep amber brown with sadly just a 1/4 inch of head but damn good looking lacing.
S - Mango, papaya, herbal hop pine tree goodness. Kind of faded but it's to be expected this bomber is 5 months old! No noticeable ABV twang in the smell.
T - Hops are still very pungent and fruity yet no so much that you get that ethanol taste. Wish I knew how to describe it further but all I can say is fruity hop, then bitter edge, and sweet finish. No noticeable ABV.
M - Slightly syrup like but to me it drinks amazing. Like sculpin on steroids.

Overall worth the money and a damn tasty it's the best beer I ever had from them and I had about 5. May pick up another if it's still around. (891 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hoppy haze scrums up a glow of tangerine amber, with a crown of fluffy white.

More herbal than standard Chinook. Picking up stone fruits (peach, nectarine, pluot), along with the usual grapefruit, hop spiciness, and light pine. There's a hint of tropical fruit, also. Malts are biscuity, but not as dry as they could be. Somewhat husky, as well.

Great flavor. The Experimental Hops are making all the difference. I pick up some spicy pith and pine from the Chinook, but this ale is dominant with bitter unripe peach, raw hop leaf, tropical rinds, hint of melon, and dank citrus. Super awesome intensity. Just bordering on too bitter. An extreme level. Tasty as hell. Malts are lightly toasted and semi-dry, but more importantly, out of the goddamn way.

Good body, substantial in the feel. Carbonation is excitable. Alcohol is just south of DIPA feel. You can still drink this freely.

A great IPA. One that I want again and again. (933 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a golden, orangish body with rather large amount of head and lace. Aroma is textbook citric hops with touches of spice and caramel/sweet malt. Smooth, a rather flavorful hoppy beer as the hops are not one note. I get not only a strong citric vibe but also some tropical and grapefruit which, along with touches of caramel, give off a little sweetness. Beer is well balanced and also has a bread/cracker like edge just to make sure it isn't too hoppy and aids a rather dry finish. (486 characters)

Photo of HoppySeb
3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from bottle into Stone IPA glass at about 45 degrees, bottle’s drink by date is 7/15/14. Color is golden with plenty of floaters making it look rich and creamy.

Upon first smelling the pour, while the head is still present, I get an aroma reminiscent of Bavarian lagers – something I never expected from a PNW DIPA. Behind the malt presence, aromas of dried apricots, honey and ripe pineapple emerge as the head starts to settle into a thin layer that continues to cover the beer’s surface.

Sipping this beer makes me realize my first observation of its smell was right – it’s no typical PNW IIPA, it’s something different, something unique. Hoppy flavor? Hoppy bitterness? Nope. There’s a malty sweetness to it and fruity explosions composed of fresh pineapple, apricot and a faint tamarind taste all packed into the beer’s medium body (more typical of a DIPA) that’s almost absent of any carbonation (mouthfeel reminds me a little about cask/real ales).

Overall, I like the brew. I understand why it’s from an experimental series, though and find it interesting that its categorized as an IIPA. It definitely is refreshing and great for hot summer days if properly chilled – its also dangerous as you can barely feel the 9.1% ABV.

Hard to review this one thinking in the IIPA style - but I like the brew. (1,340 characters)

Photo of Bone53
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber (expires 7/15/14) into a snifter at around 45°F

Appearance: Golden orange hue with a gorgeous frothy two finger off white head

Smell: Mixed fruits of the tropical and citrus variety with pineapple being dominant. Right away I know this is going to be a good (great) beer.

Taste: Same as nose but with a sweet bready malt undertone that comes in the middle of the palate and follows throughout the aftertaste. Another great example of a superbly balanced IIPA without sacrificing hops for malt

Mouthfeel: Low medium body; Lighter than most IIPA's but extremely smooth with slight bitterness

Overall: With Deschutes on my "breweries to try" list, I randomly ran across this bomber next to the regulars in my local gorcery store. I picked it up without hesitation and glad I did. I don't get the prominent malt bill that others mention. It was almost all hops with a sweet malt undertone which I prefer in an IPA/IIPA. This must be due to this bottle still having a few months before the expiration date. It reminds me a lot of Two Hearted actually. At first, the taste didn't quite match the smell with it's subtleties, but as it warmed, it became bolder. Also one of the smoothest IIPA's I've had in recent memory. Lastly, at $6.99 a bomber, it's reasonably priced. Really an excellent beer across the board and looking forward to trying their other stuff. (1,383 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.21/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle purchased at Bob's Bar in Columbus, OH.

This was unknowingly purchased a month past its best by date (3/13/14) so take this review with a grain of salt, and know that this beer does not hold up well with time.

Pours a dark peach color, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing down the glass.

Smells include honey, bitter grapefruit, and alcohol.

The hop flavor has faded a lot here, replaced by the typical honey-ish sweetness. The diminished hop flavors have also allowed the alcohol burn to be more present. What hop character is left is of the bitter grapefuit variety. Possibly some pine in there.

Medium bodied, sweet and sticky mouthfeel, low carbonation.

Would like to try this again much fresher. (727 characters)

Photo of mudbug
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

from the freshness dated bomber "best by 07/14"
Into a Sam Smiths perfect pint glass results in a slightly hazy golden body capped by a 1" head that has longevity and leaves delicate lacing and rings of foam as the level drops,nice!
Aroma is not subdued or powerful, kind of in the middle, I get weed, fresh cut grass, grapefruit rind, pine sap, very appealing.
Taste starts with some tropical fruit but quickly morphs into typical hop bitterness, there is a fine cracker bread sweetness that attempts a show, but it ends with bitter hops and a hint of blood orange.
Carbonation is subdued, slightly creamy
Overall this is another stellar brew by a brewery that does it right. Bravo! (688 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy amber with a two-finger foamy white head. Light sticky lacing.

S - Light amount of tropical fruits - mango & pineapple.

T - Starts out with tropical fruits and a nice caramel malt sweetness. The finish has an earthy lingering hop bitterness. There is also a light pepper bite in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth drinking with a crisp bite.

O - Tasty DIPA. Glad I was able to try this. Recommended. (447 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A bright, flaring sort of medium orange shows consistently the same flair and shade through its entire body. The pale yellow-gray head it develops is extremely frothy, a full finger's height with some density to it. The big-bubbled but creamy and tight remainder sticks around the rest of the way and drops down some nice, thick and sticky patches pretty plentiously.
The smell, while not conveying all of the beauty the flavor offers, does deliver most of it. The hops bouquet is a beauty with some pine and citrus forefront, a light touch of dankness and earth, flora and a hint of perfume. A ghost of mint on the finish mingles with the rest, while some tropical fruits, a hint of a honey note and caramel add balance from the malts.
Masterful balance is shown on the tongue; the sweetness the malts provide from caramel, toffee, honey and fruits is just enough to really keep the bitterness strong but not overpowering or astringent. The hops provide a wonderful variety in excellent melody, nothing clashing. All the herb, dank (almost mossy?) earth, pine and citrus pith and zest make for new discoveries on the tongue almost sip by sip. There's a hint of cheddar and maybe uncured, fresh tobacco leaf in the middle, while it finishes with the pine and herb while malts continue to balance.
The feel is nearly perfect for an IPA of any kind. Alcohol, which for its strength was virtually undetectable in the aroma and flavor, takes nothing away from the feel and makes for dangerous drinkability. One honestly could drink more than a bomber thinking nothing of it before getting hit with it. It's frothy and unbelievably creamy on the palate. A little dryness kicks in to give the balance many don't consider when thinking about mouthfeel, and a bright sort of crispness stays with it while letting the creaminess rule. (1,825 characters)

Photo of J_Dub
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Amber pour. Thick white head.

Minimal aroma. Hops. Pine. Spice. Really surprising there isn't more of an aroma.

The taste is fantastic. Sweet malt. Some floral characteristics as well. A bit of tropical fruit and piny hops. Very well balanced.

Typical IPA mouthfeel. Just the right amount of carbonation.

A great overall brew. Very atypical of the style but in a good way. (376 characters)

Photo of mac31
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bomber in a tulip glass.

Was very excited to try this beer, the excitement fell off somewhat quickly. This beer over all is a good beer, not a great beer IMO. I appreciate the huge burst of floral, fragrant, and piney hops that come through, then disappear quickly. This is followed by a pleasant, medium hoppy bitterness that carries through the palate. I believe this along with the higher maltiness of the beer makes this beer very drinkable. I pick up some minimal dankiness along with some nice resinous notes. There are some regularly occurring citrus/grapefruit notes. There are faint hints of pineapple/tropical I perceive in this brew as well. I love the low carbonation and creamier mouthfeel of each sip. However, I am not too big on the residual sweetness left over from fermentation. The caramel and minimal grainy flavors near the end of the palate are welcomed. If you like your DIPA's on the sweeter side, this is a brew you should have, if available. (975 characters)

Photo of stewart124
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-yellow with a nice amount of dense white head.

Nose has guava, papaya, citrus notes and a slight biscuity note. Love it already.

Taste is bigger than I expected and a bit maltier. Delicious nonetheless. Some fruitier characters from the experimental hops I suspect. Blueberry and peach come to mind. This has a even amount of hop bitterness to couple with the aroma. Really a very nice representation of the style.

Deschutes obviously knows what they are doing. (485 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated bottle from 2013 at 50 degrees into imperial pint
Aroma of flowery hops
Head large (5 cm), off-white, creamy with rocks, slowly diminishing to 2 mm ring
Lacing fair – clots and partial rings with varying bubble sizes
Body light orange, clear
Flavor – starts off with light hop flavor, mostly flowers, slightly sweet. No malt, no diacetyl, no alcohol tasted. Ends with sweetness and a stomach alcohol burn.
Palate medium to full, creamy, carbonation soft.

This was bottled in 2013 for the Deschutes 25th anniversary. The hoppiness is mostly gone, but this has cellared well and become very like a barleywine without the overwhelming sweetness. I would recommend it if you are not too demanding about hoppiness. (722 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2015 Release

Appearance - Pours a pure golden orange with an off-white finger width head. Decent retention, resulting in a thin layer of film across the surface.

Smell - Strong citrus and tropical fruit notes abound! Orange, grapefruit, pineapple and mango with light pine and a clean, bready sweetness sitting beneath.

Taste - Citrus notes upfront and throughout, hitting on sweet orange and grapefruit bitterness. Tropical punch of pineapple and light hints of mango. Solid caramel malt undertone. A touch of spicy black pepper near the finish before a relatively balanced, bittersweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, with a light creaminess and moderate carbonation. Goes down with a great smoothness. You wouldn't know this was 90 IBU's and 9.5% the way it goes down; it defies logic.

Overall - I've snagged this every year since the '12 release, and I have to say this is the best version yet! So juicy with a bitter edge that's balanced by that sweet caramel backbone. I usually only buy one bottle then wait for the next year, but this might be something I'll pick up quite a few times over the next few months. (1,129 characters)

Photo of dank203
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

on tap into a 10 oz snifter. aromas mostly candied fruit. taste has more of the fresh juicy fruit. not too much dankness. little carbonation. went down pretty well, might've enjoyed the beer's characteristics with just a hint less alcohol involvement, less maltiness (266 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

on tap at the Brewery & Public House, Portland

Bright bronze with rings of snowy white foam.
Musty grapefruit rind nose - Citra? - with some Pledge.
Creacked wheat crackers then pink grapefruit, resin, and Cointreau hops.
Dried pineapple finish and sugared grapefruit linger.
Medium, chewy, some oil.

Big fruity hops - all the sweetest parts of citrus from Amarillo, Cascade and Citra. No burn, light enough, and wears its IBUs easily. But too sugary to quaff. (466 characters)

Photo of hopflyer
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Boathouse in Conshy.

Pours tangerine-orange with minimal head

Aroma not to prominent of fruity hops

Taste is citrusy hops and tangy. Not overbearing but subtle. Bitterness overtakes the citric qualities.

kind of light bodied with good carbonation.

My wife asked me how it was and the word that came to mind was ordinary. A good beer for sure but nothing that hasn't been done before. (399 characters)

Photo of Boca-X
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Off white, thick, foamy head, beautiful lacing throughout tasting. Hazy golden orange mixed with a deep yellow honey...nice.

WOW...a big hit of sweet citrus, caramels and fresh baked bread with an apple butter spread on the nose.

First swallow and I'm overcome with molasses, juicy, creamy and sweet. The mouth feel is nice, somewhat heavy but not overpowering, medium carbonation. Bready malt and hops play together with caramels and toffee creating a rich even middle. The finish is big...dry and bitter, orange peel and peppery...a warm alcohol sensation lingers with the bitterness.

I love this Imperial IPA! I enjoy my IPAs a little on the sweet side...with a caramel/molasses center...this is spot on. Bold flavors and it's ampt up alcohol, (9.3%) along with its 99IBUs makes this a great hop bomb with a nice warm finish.

The only downside that I see...at over 500 calories for one 22oz bomber...you've just eaten a meal...and in my case...breakfast...enjoy...again and again and again! (1,035 characters)

Hop Henge Experimental IPA from Deschutes Brewery
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